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Libel and Slander
Written or printed expression
that tends to damage a person’s standing in the community through words that attack an individual’s character and professional abilities
Chicago v. Tribune Co.
But, individual members of government can but they have a hard time winning!
An inflammatory or seditious statement about the government or a government official which might incite rebellion.
a.k.a. Seditious Libel
Occupation: “Dr. Jones is a quack.”Examples of Defamatory Comment
He sued for $120 million but settled for an apology from CBS ($18-million spent on legal fees)Some Famous Libel Cases:
Protects media when reporting information from a privileged proceeding (court hearing, official meeting, or official document)
The Report must be fair and accurate to come under qualified privilege protection
Usually in favor of mass media defendants…
Unless the summary judgment is appealed and reversed…there is no trial
if you lose a libel suit?
When a false and defamatory statement about an identifiable person is published/broadcast to a third party, causing injury to the subject’s reputation.